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  • Harold Ramis honored at memorial service in Los Angeles

    Harold Ramis honored at memorial service in Los Angeles
    You’d expect a Harold Ramis memorial to be funny given that the guy basically invented modern American comedy in his work from Second City and “SCTV” in 1960s and ‘70s through “National Lampoon’s Animal House,”...
  • 'Hill Street Blues' paved the way for today's golden era of TV drama

    The ambitious police drama seemed doomed even before it hit the NBC airwaves on Jan. 15, 1981. Test audiences were unimpressed by the gritty pilot that focused on the personal and professional struggles of police officers working in a crime-ridden urban...
  • Entertainment Education: America's Film School Programs

    American Film Institute, Los Angeles Graduate students in AFI's production-based program make 4-10 films in two years under the guidance of master filmmakers led by artistic director James L. Brooks. AFI alumni number 4,500, with an impressive 81% of them...
  • Complete 'Hill Street Blues' coming to DVD in April

    Complete 'Hill Street Blues' coming to DVD in April
    "Let's be careful out there." That trademark line is one of the touchstones of "Hill Street Blues," the classic 1981-1987 TV drama about the personal and professional challenges facing the police and detectives fighting crime in an urban metropolis. The...
  • Female TV Directors Still Missing From Primetime

    Caucasian males remain the dominant group among TV directors, helming 72% of all primetime episodes in the 2012-13 season, according to a new report from the Directors Guild of America. That number represented a slight shift in the DGA stats, which had...
  • Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer

    Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer
    Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
  • 'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay elected DGA president

    'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay elected DGA president
    Veteran TV director Paris Barclay has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America, becoming the first-ever African American to head the union. Barclay, whose directing credits include "Sons of Anarchy,"  "Glee," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and...
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  • Guess who's missing from Hollywood Reporter's most powerful women in showbiz list

     
    It's hard to imagine a more depressing symbol of the lack of influence of women directors in Hollywood than the Hollywood Reporter's new Women in Entertainment Power 100 List. The list, which gives the No. 1 spot to ABC TV......
  • Another ‘female ‘Hangover,’ this one with Isla Fisher and Betty Thomas

     
    The glory days of director Betty Thomas were more than a dozen years ago, when she made “The Brady Bunch” a kitschy kick. Her last film was the Alvin and the Chipmunks “squeakwel.” But she's inherited the director's chair of...
  • The 'Bridesmaids' Effect: Isn't it time a woman got to direct a raunchy comedy?

     
    In corporate America, it's no longer a surprise to see a woman running a giant company like EBay or Hewlett-Packard. But in Hollywood, where actresses have far shorter careers than actors do, and it's accepted practice to pay male stars......